Whether purchased from a local florist or reputable designer, corsages and boutonnieres can be very costly. If you're planning a wedding or special event that requires purchasing the aforementioned items; if you're looking to cut your costs, and you consider yourself "crafty," then you've come to the right place. Before you begin, choose your color scheme. Not all combinations of colors work well together; and it's important to pair color samples/swatches prior to purchasing materials. Next, decide whether you will use fresh or silk flowers. There are several advantages to using silk flowers, such as: they are much easier to work with, you can make your corsages and/or boutonnieres in advance, and if stored carefully they will always look new!
You should search online and visit craft stores to discover the vast variety of flowers available. Next choose the main flower and colors you'll use in your design. You could choose one flower/color combination or a variety of flowers and colors. When purchasing your flowers don't forget the following supplies:
- Flowers -- For a boutonniere, choose 1 main flower (small -medium) that will be your focal point. For a corsage, choose 1 main flower (should be larger than the boutonniere) plus 2 or 4 other smaller complimentary flowers. Ex. Roses, calla lilies, dahlias, orchids, etc.
- Small "filler" flower such as baby's breath, tiny forget me nots, hypericum berries, etc.
- Greenery - you may be able to use any green leaves that come with your flowers. You can also buy greenery separately, in many different textures and shades. Ex. Eucalyptus, leather leaf, plumosus, lily grass, etc.
- Green floral wire
- Green floral tape
- Narrow (up to 3/8" wide) ribbon for bows on corsages - one to three colors
- Corsage and Boutonniere pins - Pearl tip
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Sturdy wire cutters
Making a Corsage:
1. Cut the stem on your largest flower to the desired length.
2. Holding the stem (just below base of flower) in one hand, add other flowers on each side.
3. Add your filler flower(s) and greenery, gathering all the stems together.
4. Hold firmly in place and wrap the stems (beginning at the top) with the floral wire and cut off the excess wire.
5. Wrap with floral tape and ribbon (optional).
6. Cut excess tape and ribbon and hot glue the end in back.
7. Attach ribbon tails or tie a bow at the top of the stem (or both) and secure with hot glue.
8. Attach to left lapel (approx. 4" from tip of shoulder) with a pearl tip corsage pin.
Making a Boutonniere:
1. Using wire cutters, cut the stem on your main flower to the desired length (about 4-5").
2. Hold the stem of flower in one hand (just below base of flower).
3. Add filler flower(s) on each/either side or behind main flower; keeping all stems at equal length.
4. While holding the main stem, just below the main flower, arrange greenery in the back of the boutonniere, continue holding all stems together.
5. Hold arrangement firmly in place and wrap the stems (beginning at the top) with an 8" piece of floral wire. The wire should firmly secure all stems together.
6. Starting at the top of the stem (over the wire), wrap floral tape, to the bottom of the stem.
7. Cut the floral tape and secure in back with hot glue.
8. Satin wrap stem with an understated ribbon in a color that compliments the tux and event theme (optional). Avoid using bows on boutonnieres.
9. Attach to left lapel (approx. 4" from tip of shoulder) with a pearl boutonniere pin.
Author: Toi Matthews